As part of the scheme, two rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes are being purchased to support its two existing units. The new cranes will greatly enhance Exxtor’s container storage density and improve its handling efficiencies, doubling container capacity in the main terminal.
The scheme will also finance resurfacing work at the terminal, to accommodate new RTG runways and to create a storage area for empty containers around the perimeter of the main terminal. The terminal’s computerised yard management system will also be upgraded.
Immingham is already the UK’s largest unit-load port on the east coast, with over 50 ro-ro and container sailings per week to ports in northern Europe, the Baltic countries and Scandinavia. In addition, it is now a regional centre for deep-sea container imports, enabling customers to avoid heavily congested road and rail networks in the south of England by transhipping deep-sea containers to Immingham on regular short-sea or feeder vessels.